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Sheila Bird and Patrick Mercer :: Fri, 11/02/2011 - 11:05

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Mephedrone and cocaine: clues from Army testing

A Freedom of Information request by The Independent’s Michael Savage in 2009 on the results of compulsory drugs testing (CDT) in the British Army

Sheila Bird :: Mon, 22/11/2010 - 12:27

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Banned drug may have saved lives, not cost them

Deaths linked to cocaine and ecstasy fell significantly in the first half of 2009 – a surprising finding, since cocaine-related deaths had been steadily rising year by year.

Sheila Bird, J. Roy Robertson and John Strang :: Wed, 10/11/2010 - 15:39

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Drug-related deaths: what now needs to be done

We have quantified drug-specific mortality as deaths per 100,000 person-years/past-year users but for four only of the 20 drugs whose 16 dimensions of harm were rated by Professor Nutt and colleagu

Sheilka Bird :: Tue, 09/11/2010 - 17:01

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Ecstasy's lethality has increased

When the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) published its 2009 report on Ecstasy, lay and professional press coverage did not refer to the basic data on drugs-related deaths (DRDs) no

Sheila Bird, J.Roy Robertson and John Strang :: Mon, 08/11/2010 - 17:03

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Heroin addiction: male risk higher than female

So far, from elementary evidence synthesis, we have discovered:

Sheila Bird, J. Roy Robertson and John Strang :: Thu, 04/11/2010 - 14:07

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Cocaine use gets more dangerous with age

Yesterday, we showed that the striking sex ratio of cocaine-specific drug-related deaths (554 male to 107 female deaths, a ratio of 5.2:1) over the decade 1998-2007 could

Sheila Bird, J. Roy Robertson and John Strang :: Wed, 03/11/2010 - 14:38

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Cocaine: more deadly in the male

The figures we reported yesterday in Part 2 of our series on drug-related deaths show that cocaine has been implicated in five times as many deaths among men as among women.

Sheila Birtd, J. Roy Rovbertson and John Strang :: Tue, 02/11/2010 - 17:29

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Drugs-related deaths: under the influence and over time

Yesterday, we gave 13 key insights into the demography and toxicology of a decade of 15,795 drug-related deaths (DRDs) in England and Wales.

Sheila Bird, J. Roy Robertson and John Strang :: Mon, 01/11/2010 - 11:28

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Delving deeper into a decade of drug-related deaths

Today, we begin a series of six articles for Straight Statistics that tell it straight on a decade of drug-related deaths (DRDs).

Sheila Bird, John Strang, Wayne Hall and Matthew Hickman :: Mon, 27/09/2010 - 13:40

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How better methadone prescribing has saved more than 2,500 lives

Providing methadone to former heroin addicts can save many lives, if properly done.